SKANEATELES, N.Y. (NCC News) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and The Central New York Land Trust, Inc., (CNYLT) today announced the acquisition of 144 acres of land near Skaneateles Lake to improve water quality and aquatic habitats. 190,000 Central New Yorkers use Skaneateles Lake as a water source.
In a statement, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said that the land acquisition “will protect the water supply, not only as a drinking water source, but also as an environmental and recreational resource for the region.”
CNYLT Executive Director Simon Solomon said that protecting the water quality of Skaneateles Lake has been at the top of the CNYLT’s priority list.
“While we cannot go back in time, we can create stable lakeside parcels that work to reduce harmful algal blooms and prevent nutrients from entering the water source,” said Solomon. “Keeping our drinking water clean has been a continued priority identified by our local government, and this partnership between local and state government, non-profit organizations, and local land trusts continues to be key because it leverages public funds with private dollars.”
CNYLT purchased the 144 acres for $900,000. The organization intends to purchase more parcels of land near Skaneateles Lake.